UPDATED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 10:02pm
Waco, Tx — While many of you enjoyed a good barbeque, time with family, and perhaps a day off from work, local leaders and veterans don't want us to miss the true meaning of today's Memorial Day holiday. A ceremony in Waco was held Monday morning to remind folks of the reason behind Memorial Day.
"Let us remember to honor these veterans so devoted to their country," said U.S. Representative Bill Flores.
Flores is one of several speakers who gathered at Waco Memorial Cemetery to honor and thank those who died for our freedom.
"This is where they are buried, and we honor them out here," said Vietnam veteran Henry Casper, president of the Vietnam Veterans of Waco, Chapter 1012.
This year's annual Memorial Day celebration was moved from Rosemound Cemetery to accommodate the hundreds of people who came out.
"We would have no country if it were not for our veterans and their families. And, those sacrifices are what make America strong; it's our love of others above ourselves," said Martha West, a local kindergarten teacher.
Around 350 veterans are buried at Waco Memorial, and another around 400 rest at Rosemound.
"The flags represent the veterans," said Casper.
Veterans, who've fought in all branches of the military, throughout various wars.
"We are always facing trouble in the world. And, as they say, freedom is not free, and you have Americans volunteering to serve their country," said Casper.
The service also included presentations of the veterans' wreaths, a 21 gun rifle salute, and several awards presented.